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Wound Disruption: Importance to Patients and Families

Wound complications are a burden for patients, their families, and the healthcare system (Butcher & White, 2014).  Poor healing can result in wound disruption which not only affects the patient's quality of life, but may also delay adjuvant therapies, increase post-operative discomfort, delay return to activity, and increase costs as a result of re-intervention, longer hospitalization and readmission. Pain, particularly during dressing change remains a significant factor. Apart from the distress caused, pain can lead to feelings of anxiety, anger, and depression (Woo, 2010). Accurate pain assessment and understanding of the type of pain, helps with decisions about when and how to give analgesia and what information needs to be shared with the multidisciplinary team (Taylor, 2010). Several risk factors can be mitigated before, during and after the operative period, suggesting that the risk of developing wound disruption in vulnerable patients also can be reduced.

Patient Stories

Wound Awareness Week 2020 - Patient Story 1

Wounds Australia 2020

Regina's Story (video)

Here is a patient story about a 75-year-old lady named Regina from Tasmania.

Wound Awareness Week 2020 - Patient Story 3

Wounds Australia 2020

David's Story (video)

David's from South Australia shares his experience of having diabetic ulcers.

Wounds Australia

17 July 2019

Daniela's Story (video)

Daniela, a dental nurse, and mother from Victoria, was told she needed amputation after a wound developed so large that it exposed her Achilles tendon. Hear her story of overcoming this difficult situation. 


Wound Disruption

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Wound Disruption

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